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What to do in emergency situations

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By: Hannah Paczkowski
hpaczkowski@klkntv.com

Calling 911 is the first thing to do in an emergency, but it's not the only way to help save a life.

"Get somebody rolled over on their back, try to get them on a flat surface, try to get their head so you don't want it scrunched up, but back a little bit, so that they've got an air wave,"
American Red Cross trainer Sue Alby said.

After checking if the person is not breathing, start performing CPR.

If you're not CPR certified, place your hands in the middle of the chest and keep doing compressions until help arrives.

Though CPR training suggests breathing into the person's mouth, Alby says it's not required.

"There's a lot of research out there that says at least if you're doing compressions, you're doing something," she said.

Something that will not be held against you, thanks to the Good Samaritan law.

"It was designed to help protect people who wanted to do something in the event of an emergency.. You can definitely do whatever you can do to save that life and to protect that person," Executive Dir. Susan Epps said.

Even if it's as simple as dialing 911. Though the American Red Cross did provide some tips for CPR, they do advise that at least two members of each household become certified or receive first aid training.

To sign up for classes, contact the local American Red Cross.

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